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Dec 9, 2009

Coffee table book has eagle’s eye view of Belize

26077If you want to keep your Christmas gifts local, check out a new publication of landscapes and unique sceneries that became available today. Photographer Marius Jovaisa along with several Belizean enthusiasts released the coffee table book entitled Heavenly Belize that features aerial photographs of the country from a bird eye’s view. The photographs were taken from an experimental ultra-light aircraft designed for aerial photography. Heavenly Belize, which also features captions written by Stewart Krohn, took over a year to put together. According to Amin Bedran, who is the owner of the two hundred thousand dollar aircraft used to shuttle Jovaisa; the book is a must have for Belizeans and tourists.

Amin Bedran, Provided Air-Cam
“The name came up, it was the photographer Marius Jovaisa, he just came and flew over Belize and the clouds and the sun—I think you will see a picture in Heavenly Belize, I think it is the first page—and it looked like the heavens and he fell in love with Belize from his first trip and will be coming back again.”

Duane Moody
“The number of tourists coming to Belize has declined. Do you feel that this is going to boost that with people seeing what is here to offer in Belize?”

Amin Bedran
“Certainly, even us here in Belize if we noh talk bout di tourist side of it, looking at Belize from a bird’s eye view is totally different. I never had the chance to do it before. In an ultra light it’s totally different than an enclosed plane. It flies slower and you get to see a lot more than you would in the regular conventional little plane.”

Stewart Krohn, Writer
“It’s a view of Belize that very few people have ever had the opportunity to experience. We know that Belize is a great place for photographers—local and foreign—the country photographs beautifully. But until you see some of the landmarks, some of the reefs, the Bluehole, Victoria Peak, the Macal River, various lagoons; until you see them from above you really haven’t experience everything there is to see in Belize. I think the best shot in the book is an aerial view over the Chalillo reservoir and it’s a flock of scarlet macaws. Now sure scarlet macaws have been photographed before, but you never see a scarlet macaw photographed from above with the light shining on its colorful back. Usually you see them from underneath, but when you see them from underneath all you see is an outline because the sun is behind them. so this photograph and a lot of the others, it presents an entirely different angle on Belize.”

The book is available for one hundred and twenty-five Belize dollars and will be available in stores shortly.

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